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About

My practice is centred on our connection to the domestic environment and our emotional engagement with things. Working with photographs, text, drawings and projection, I create narratives in books and boxes, films and installations.

After studying Geography at Exeter University and teaching English in Sudan, I worked as an editorial photographer for many years and then as a picture editor, before wanting to return to the roots of production and a physical relationship with materials. I began formal art training with a foundation course at City Lit, and then an MA in Book Arts in 2015 at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

Based now in a studio in Hackney, I make works that reveal the stories behind familiar and familial objects. I layer the analogue and the digital – photographs, drawings and found imagery – with text taken from everyday conversations and technical reports, in order to build up a narrative and reveal the emotions and stories behind objects. Persistent themes have explored memory, absence and loss, as well as ideas of the seen and unseen, historical pain and present-day reparation.

The artist's installations in the cupboards, caves and cubby holes of a Georgian house in Margate, in the group exhibition, 'The Shape of Things'.
The artist’s installations in the cupboards, caves and cubby holes of a Georgian house in Margate, in the group exhibition, ‘The Shape of Things’.
Awards & nominations
2022      What Is Left – That also goes wins second place (Animation) in the Women Over 50 Film Festival.
2021      Chair Stories No 6 shortlisted by the École des Beaux-Arts for the Prix Bob Calle.
2015 Turn the Page Graduate Award.

 

Book fairs & events
2015-2024  Artists’ Bookmarket, Edinburgh.
  Small Publishers Fair, London.
  BABE Book Fair, Bristol.
  Pages Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds.
  Turn the Page Artists’ Book Fair, Norwich.
  Society of Bookbinders, Book Arts Day, London.
2019 Guest speaker at Contemplating Artists’ Books Now, British Library.

 

Collections

Books are housed in private and public collections, including the Artists Book Collection, Tate Britain; the Bodleian Library; the National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum; the British Library; École des Beaux Arts, Paris; the Maryland Institute of Art, USA; Camberwell College of Art Library Artists Book Collection; Winchester School of Art Library Artists Book Collection; New Voices collection at Pages, Leeds.

 

Selected exhibitions
2024                What Is Left, with Heather Rigg, One Paved Court, Richmond.
Edge, LCBA.
2023 The Shape of Things, Gallery3, Margate.
2017-2023   Open Studios, The Chocolate Factory N16.
2018 Remind Me To Remember, OpenHand OpenSpace, Reading.
2015 The Double Page Spread, Chelsea College of Arts Library, London.
2000 The Garden of England, Photofusion, London.
1997 The Garden of England, Hereford Photography Festival.
1988 Two Families, The Photographers Gallery, London.
1984 Sudan, Photogallery, St Leonards-on-Sea.
1983 Convent Gardens, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.